Welcome to the Northern Territory Mental Health Coalition

The Northern Territory Mental Health Coalition (NTMHC) is the peak body for community managed mental health services across the Northern Territory. The Coalition has a network of 200 individuals, organisations and stakeholders including a membership of 35 organisations. The Coalition is a member of both the Mental Health Australia (MHA) and Community Mental Health Australia (CMHA).

The Northern Territory Mental Health Coalition is the peak body for community mental health and wellbeing. We represent NT community managed mental health organisations. We work in collaboration with a wide network of organisations, people with lived experience, their families and supporters across the Northern Territory. We work at both a national and local level to improve the mental health and wellbeing of all Territorians. Each year the Coalition supports events for Mental Health Week, including the launch, administering the online calendar, and organising the community Mental Health Awards.

To access the updated Strategic Plan click here.

Latest News

Anti-Discrimination Commission is open

The ADC are taking calls (8999 1444) or emails (antidiscrimination@nt.gov.au) if you want
to ask them about your rights or obligations under the Anti-Discrimination Act 1992. If
this is not possible, they have a limited reception.

They are still accepting and progressing formal complaints. Complaint forms can be
found at https://adc.nt.gov.au/; or give them a call if you need them to send one to you.
ADC are conducting conciliations over the phone and can use private online
conferencing if appropriate, safe and fair for everyone.

Their training is now up and running and they are able to deliver online. Give ADC a call
and talk to them about what you need.

AUSTRALIAN COMMISSION on SAFETY and QUALITY in HEALTH CARE

 National Safety and Qualify Digital Mental Health Standards – update Consultations extended and new fact sheets available – click here to download fact sheets.

To allow organisations and individuals additional time to respond, the Commission is extending the end of the consultation process to 29 May 2020. Stakeholders can view the draft National Safety and Quality Digital Mental Health Standards on the Commission’s website and provide feedback via an online survey.

You can also contact: Ben Prest, Senior Project Officer DMHS@safetyandquality.gov.au

NDIA

The Government announced a range of measures to support NDIS participants and providers – click here to view the list of measures.

The NDIA is regularly updating the NDIS website which has information on understanding and accessing measures the NDIA has in place.

The NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission is also issuing regular advice to registered NDIS providers. Provider alerts can be found here.

A new online Infection Control course, offered by the Department Health, protecting yourself and staff and the people you care for from infection with COVID-19. The online training.

The Department of Health has developed specific advice on Personal Protective Equipment when looking after people who are confirmed to have, or suspected of having, COVID-19. Click here.

Registered NDIS Providers are required to ensure ‘continuity of support requirements’ are in place for all participants who are in their care. They are also required to notify the NDIS Commission of any changes to the scale of their operations by either emailing registrations@ndiscommission.gov.au or calling 1800 035 544.

NT Human Services Industry Plan, January 2020

The Northern Territory’s 10 year Human Services Industry Plan is designed to unite efforts across the public, not-for-profit and private sectors, with themes, priorities and actions targeted to build “strong and inclusive organisations; supporting our people, our cultures and our communities through high-qualify human services”. Click here to download the report.

National Peer Workforce Guidelines Survey

The National Mental Health Commission, recently launched National Peer Workforce Guidelines Survey.

Under the Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan, the Commission is leading the development of National Peer Workforce Development Guidelines by 2021 to sustain and grow the workforce.

In collaboration with RMIT University, the Commission has launched a national online survey to help inform the initial draft of the Peer Workforce Development Guidelines.

For more information about the National Peer Workforce Development Guidelines.

Reimagine Stage 2 Co-Design Project

Do you, or someone you care for, have a mental health concern that impacts you day to day?

Do you identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander?

If so, you are invited to join an upcoming co-design session to create NEW resources to support you and your community to access the NDIS. Click here.

NDIS News

The NDIS Worker Orientation Module is now available. The NDIS Commission will begin accepting applications for provider registrations in Victoria, Queensland, Tasmania, Australia's Capital Territory and the Northern Territory from 1 July 2019.To ensure a smooth...

National Indigenous Critical Response Service (NICRS) & StandBy – Support After Suicide Service

The National Indigenous Critical Response Service and StandBy – Support After Suicide Service are programs of Thirrili Ltd. Both programs work together to complement each other and provide support to individuals, families and communities impacted by suicide loss.

These services are contactable 24/7 on:

  • NICRS free call 1800 805 801 or mobile 0499 333 132.
  • StandBy mobile 0418 575 680.

For notifications and referrals for either service email suicidesupport.nt@thirrili.com.au

For further information download the flyer or visit the website.

SANE Australia – You are not alone.

A new resource developed by SANE Australia in partnership with the University of Sydney – it’s for people caring for a person who has suicidal thoughts or attempts suicide. If you have any questions or require any further information about this resource, please don’t hesitate to contact SANE Australia at youarenotalone@sane.org

To access the resource click on the link below

Sane Australia – You are Not Alone – A Resource for people caring for a person who has suicidal thoughts or attempts suicide

When someone close to you has suicidal thoughts or attempts suicide, it can be hard to respond to their needs while also looking after yourself. This site is for you. You are not alone was made with the help of people who have been carers and know how tough it is.

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Mental Health Week Launch Event

Monday 5 October 2020
Palmerston Recreaction Centre, Palmerston City Centre

10.30am for 11am start

Morning tea provided

Stall holder registration

Mini Grant Applications have closed  

    Community Mental Health Awards

    Online Calendar Open for Events

    Important Dates

    • Mini Grants Closed 18th September
    • Community Mental Health Awards – Closed
      18th September
    • Notification of Nominees – Tuesday 29th September
    • Awards Ceremony – Friday 9th October, 5pm at the Doubletree Hilton, 32 Mitchell St, Darwin

    Community Services Update

    01 May 2020

    Anglicare NT remains committed to continuing to provide services to individuals, families and communities across the Territory. We care about you, our community, our staff and volunteers. We are complying with government directives and taking extra health and safety precautions.

    headspace is here for you.
    Our services are operating a combination of in-person, online and phone services. If you need help please get in touch. https://headspace.org.au/headspace-centres/darwin/headspace-darwin-covid-19-info/

    CatholicCare NT
    COVID-19 Response Line:
    Free Call 1800 899 855

    We’re here for everyone.
    Click here for more information about CatholicCare NT services during the COVID-19 pandemic

    Congress COVID-19 Hotline
    Phone: 8959 4782

    GROW
    Reducing COVID-19 social isolation by expanding Grow’s online mental health groups

    HelpingMinds support services
    https://helpingminds.org.au/coronavirus-caring/

    Holyoake Alice Springs  Phone 8952 5899  
    Free – General counselling and AOD counselling services
    Online or phone service. Free.
    Available during hours 8.30am-3.30pm

    Mental Health Association Central Australia (MHACA).  Phone 89504600 
    MHACA is providing an essential service to people who have severe and complex mental health issues and will continue to support our participants through this difficult time. to book an activity or for further information. MHACA is still accepting referrals and people can contact MHACA to organise an intake interview.

    Mental Illness Fellowship Australia NT (MIFANT).
    Free Call: 1800 985 944
    MIFANT is providing much needed support to our Mental Health Carers, Consumers and our Young people.

    Mission Australia  – We aim to prioritise our vital services
    Mission Australia Stakeholder Brief

    Relationships Australia –  Phone 8950 4100  
    Counselling and mediation services
    Telephone and video conferencing
    Fee for service on sliding scale, EAP provider
    Available during business hours 8am-4.30pm

    Saltbush
    Free phone counselling service for Territorians
    Available during business hours 8am-5pm, after hours by appointment
    Alice Springs 0459 160 742 (male counsellor) Darwin 0427 102 809 (female counsellor)

    TeamHEALTH
    Free Call: 1800 TEAM 00 (1800 832 600)
    TeamHEALTH is committed to continuing to support all of our participants, their families and our community, whilst adhering to the important infection control procedures around hygiene, social distancing and group gatherings.

    TEMHCO
    TEMHCO has made several changes to the delivery of their programs. TEMHCO continues to provide confidential one on one basic counselling service as well as transport to appointments or other essential local travel during this time.

    NT Disability Sector COVID-19

    COVID-19 updates for the disability sector

    In recent days there has been a further information and updates around COVID-19, and to ensure that you are kept abreast of all of the updates being provided we have included the following:

    • A  media release from the Chief Minister of the Northern Territory 23.03.2020 covering new measures being put in place
    • An update from Minister Stuart Robert regarding new COVID-19 measures for participants and providers
    • And a joint statement from the Treasurer and Prime Minister of Australia 22.03.2020 on supporting Australian workers and business.

    Click here to read more.

    Community Mental Health Australia

    Advocacy and Representation

    CMHA – Third National NDIS and Mental Health Conference

    NDIS and Mental Health: A national conversation about what comes next
    ADELAIDE CONVENTION CENTRE
    February 4 and 5, 2021

    Click here for more information 

    Mental Health First Aid Australia

    Find an accredited Mental Health First Aid Instructors in the Northern Territory and Nationwide.

     

    Useful Links

    Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Service Review 2017

    In February 2017, the Northern Territory Primary Health Network engaged the Northern Territory Mental Health Coalition, as the peak body for community managed mental health services in the Northern Territory, to undertake the Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Service Review
    Click here to view the report

    Free Online Peer Support Forums

    The sane forums are a safe, anonymous online community for people living with mental illness and their families, friends and carers.

    SANE Australia is inviting NTMHC members to join this free program, simply by integrating the service into their websites. These partnerships with community mental health organisations are vital for promoting the forums into metropolitan, regional, and rural communities around Australia.